Arnaud Dolmen is an eclectic and worldwide drummer. Airy, dynamic, swiftness, fineness could describe Arnaud…a result of his numerous world influences.
On international stages and in studios, he works with Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Mario Canonge, Baptiste Trotignon, David Linx, Olivier Ker Ourio, Bojan Z, Laurent de Wilde, Alain Jean-Marie, Donald Brown, Annick Tangorra, Lisa Simone, Jonathan Jurion, Jasser Haj Youssef, Yuri Buenaventura, Fayçal Salhi, Naïssam Jalal, Charlotte Wassy, Grand Baton, Hervé Samb, Calypso Rose, Munir Hossn, Franck Nicolas, Grégory Privat, Sonny Troupé, Jerry Léonide, and Etienne Charles. He also performs and evolves Gwoka and West Indian music with Tanya Saint-Val, Zagalo, Dédé Saint-Prix, René Geoffroy, Christian Laviso, Kimbòl, Mizikopéyi, Jacob Desvarieux, Admiral T, Soft, Dominique Coco, Jean-Philippe Marthély, Jean-Louis Mérault and the band Zawag, Ralph Thamar, the band Kann’, and Sanouyé.
Whether it is a collaboration on stage or in the studio, each of his musical encounters nourishes his creativity and leaves an indelible mark on his pair of drumsticks. Born and raised in Guadeloupe, Arnaud discovered music as a child. He studied Gwoka music (traditional music of Guadeloupe), a bridge which linked him to the Ka (drums played in gwoka) then to the classic drums at the Marcel Lollia «Vélo» School (under the artistic direction of Georges Troupé).
The Guadeloupean prodigy flied to Toulouse, France, in order to improve his musical background at the Dante Agostini Drums School. Freshly graduated with honors with the prestigious Jury First Prize, he began his professional path at a national and international level. During his music and accountant studies, Arnaud took the leap to the professional world. Discovered by Franck Nicolas at the age of 16 in Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe), Arnaud signed to his label and started his first contracts three years later. His path crossed renowned artists such as Alain Jean-Marie, Jean-Christophe Maillard, Michel Alibo and Mario Canonge. with whom he collaborated. His first performance at the prestigious Parisian venue, Le Zenith, was alongside the famous Caribbean band, SOFT, and it opened the door to many national and Caribbean tours.